Contributed Paper C120
Graduate Students Teaching Statistics: Their Experiences and Beliefs
PresenterNicola Justice (United States)
Worldwide, graduate students teach and assist the teaching of statistics courses at post-secondary institutions. In the United States these graduate students (henceforth graduate teaching assistants, or GTAs) are responsible for instructing approximately 25% of introductory courses in Ph.D.-granting statistics departments (Blair, Kirkman, & Maxwell, 2013). This dependence on GTAs for teaching, along with the potential for GTAs to become professors, raises questions about how GTAs learn to teach statistics, and how their beliefs about teaching may change. This paper describes the development and administration of a survey designed to explore graduate students’ experiences teaching statistics. The survey results (based on n=218 students from 37 U.S. institutions) help to shed light on how graduate students’ experiences may be related to their beliefs about teaching statistics.